Diversity at Chicago-Kent

The Chicago-Kent community strongly believes that diversity is essential for a healthy and robust legal profession. The law school has been committed to fostering diversity in the legal profession since its inception more than 125 years ago. The first female student was a graduate of the class of 1891, and Ida Platt, the first African-American woman admitted to the bar in Illinois and the third African-American female lawyer in the United States, was a graduate of the Class of 1894. In 2013, Chicago-Kent was recognized by the Council on Legal Education Opportunity (CLEO) for the law school's continuing commitment to diversifying the legal profession.

Today, the law school attracts students with diverse backgrounds and interests, which is reflected in the  wide variety of student organizations that are active on campus each year. The Admissions Committee encourages applications from members of disadvantaged groups and encourages applications from participants in the Council on Legal Education Opportunity (CLEO) program.

Chicago-Kent is committed to creating and fostering a diverse environment within the law school in order to provide the legal profession with the next generation of highly skilled lawyers from all types of gender, racial, ethnic, socio-economic, national and sexual orientation backgrounds. In pursuit of this mission, Chicago-Kent supports a wide array of initiatives involving the institution as a whole, the faculty and interested members of the student body. Some of these initiatives include:

  • support and sponsorship of legal scholarship and presentations on topics related to diversity and the law;
  • hiring of faculty with a diversity of backgrounds and views;
  • offering a variety of outstanding clinical programs that provide legal services to clients from diverse communities; and
  • funding for student organizations that support the law school's commitment to diversity and to serving students from diverse backgrounds.

Diversity and Equal Opportunity Statement

As a member of the Association of American Law Schools and in conformity with its bylaws, the faculty of Chicago-Kent College of Law, Illinois Institute of Technology, has adopted the following policy: Chicago-Kent College of Law provides equality of opportunity in legal education for all persons, including applicants for admission, enrolled students, and graduates, without discrimination or segregation on the grounds of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, handicap or disability, veteran status, marital status, sexual orientation, or gender identity.

Please also see Illinois Tech's university-wide diversity statement.



Equity in Action - Acknowledging the Past, Assessing the System, and Fighting for a "Just" Future

On Friday, April 9, 2021 Chicago-Kent will host a live viewing of the Just Mercy film and a virtual panel discussion. Panelists will include a range of local leaders who will speak to the history of the criminal legal system, recent reforms and advocacy, and the on-going struggles ahead. Join us as we continue our movement from Equity Talks to Action.
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This event is hosted by the ACLU, ACS, BLSA, Criminal Law Society, DALSA, HLLSA, Lambdas, MLSA, NLG, REAA, and SBA, with the Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion.

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Diversity News
Chicago-Kent College of Law’s Commitment Against Racism and Hatred

On June 1, 2020, Dean Anita K. Krug issued a statement reaffirming Chicago-Kent’s ongoing commitment against racism and hatred and ongoing and strong commitment to building a more inclusive, equitable and diverse world.  The Chicago-Kent faculty also issued an antiracism statement that outlined specific commitments to addressing racial inequity, including a racial equity audit of the law school’s programs, systems, and policies in the 2020-21 academic year. Click here for the Chicago-Kent Faculty Antiracism Statement.


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Paper on Redlining of Chicago Neighborhoods Wins Chicago-Kent’s Inaugural Racial Justice Writing Competition

A paper exploring the lasting impact of federal redlining in Chicago neighborhoods, from before the Great Depression to today, has won Chicago-Kent College of Law’s first-ever racial justice writing competition.

Chloe Bell ’22 won the inaugural honor of the A More Perfect Union: A Racial Justice Writing Competition for her paper entitled “The Lasting Impact of Housing Discrimination on Industrial Development, Environmental Justice, and Land Use.”


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